A 1960s Roman Catholic church in Leicester has been grade II listed, Historic England has announced
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The Church of St Joseph was built in 1967-8 to a design by local architect Thomas E Wilson.
Historic England, the newly formed public body which recently emerged from English Heritage following its split, singled out praise for the church’s interior which had ‘survived virtually intact’.
A statement from the organisation said: ‘[St Joseph’s] is a good example of a post-war Roman Catholic church where design and plan form express the liturgical developments that took place after the Second Vatican Council held in 1962-5.’
Historic England was also impressed with stained glass windows by designer Harry Cardross, installed in 2002.
The body of the church is built as a circular ‘drum’, 24m in diameter and built of reinforced concrete faced with Stamford stone buff brick.
A slim 24m bell tower faced with golden quartzite sits is flanked by the main entrances, which are incorporated into a glazed timber enclosure with swept copper–covered roofs. The floor of the church is Claytile and Granwood paving.
The church features a balcony made of reinforced concrete cantilever main beams with subsidiary steel beams and timber joists.
In 2000, two steps up to the altar were removed and the original altar, a rectangular block of Ancaster stone, was replaced with white stone fittings from the Chapel of the Convent Hospital in Nottingham.
Alison Kennedy, parish secretary at the church told AJ: ‘It is a nice building to work and worship in, even if it can be difficult to maintain because of the size and shape. The listing will hopefully give us some status.’
Grade II listing for 1960s Leicester church